Thursday, 30 September 2010

I is for

Ink
More Ink
Images
Imagination

The last of the 3 alphabet postcards for September.   There is a swap for these running at Lots to do Revisited and mine were finished last evening, they just have to go in the post to Andrea now.

Base card covered with pva glue, alcohol Ink drops on it and left to dry. The glue dried clear leaving coloured spots. Watered down gesso painted over and wiped off. Flower Image stamped with Stayzon which is a solvent based Ink. Little mat cut using Nellie plate and edged with distress Ink. SU Bird stamped in Stayzon onto precoloured card and attached to mat. TH Imagine disk attached with wire. I stamped in Stayzon from the Stampbug set. Finally altered glue, glue squeezed onto plastic bag in lines and spolges Alcohol Ink dripped into wet glue and left to dry. One the glue has completely dried (takes days) it can be peeled off and used. Here a spolge and some of the attached lines have been laid over the postcard and attached ofcourse with glue.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

H is for Hobby

Third month of the alphabet postcard swap Andrea is hosting at Lots to do revisited forum

Have been trying to keep all my cards to a theme of crafting techniques and styles. Could not come up with anything for H that was in my stash, ummm there are still products out there that I do not have! LOL H is for Hobby 'cause that is what this is!

Glossy card coloured with spray starch and Perfect pearls wrapped in cling film. Chipboard letters simply covered with patterned papers. Because the glossy card is not 6" x 4" it was cut down to be just slightly smaller all round attached to base card and ds tape run round the edge covered with gilding flakes. Simple and easy just I to go.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Tuesday Tagger - Autumn's Coming

Well when we at Tuesday Taggers said anything goes you took us at our word. Some fabulous entries last week.

This week it is the turn of Teri to choose our theme and she thinks Autumn is coming, what you make is up to you just so long as it brings Autumn to mind. While you are visiting blogland why not pop over to Delicious Doodles Teri's online shop for her fabulous drawings.

My card's design changed and changed, ask Von she kept hearing different versions on Sunday. Finally on Rubberneck stand saw some stunning cards using some fabulous leaf stamps and the thing finally came together. Glossy card given a single roll with the brayer using SU yellow. A nice circle mask and Big and Juicy 'Spice' brayered on, followed by a Clarity stamp in brown. Before colouring the card the brayer was blotted on plain white paper, this was stamped with the leaves which were then cut out.

The Craft Barn our regular monthly sponsor are sponsoring us this week. When you post your Autumn's coming project on your blog remember to add a little link to them. Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with, have fun

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Ally Pally 26 Sep 2010

Could not go to Ally Pally in the spring and could not go to Newbury in the summer so made up for it to.   I think the expression is that i was on one LOL

Great day busy but generally able to get around and see everything, found a few bargains well if the trader had taken them all they were it would have been inconsiderate to leave them to take all their stock home again.

Went with Von, met up with Shirley, Cheryl, Di and Karen. Fantastic. Am tired now but happy LOL

Saturday, 25 September 2010

SCD - Arch - Bird

Off to Ally Pally tomorrow hope all of you who went today left something for the rest of us LOL


Its the last Archs challenge at least for now, from Something Completely Different The theme this time is an arch with a bird, gave me an excuse to use a stamp set from the green grocer a few weeks back, Recycled Rubber! and the chipboard TH die bird that Sam sent me ages ago.

The arch itself is Tando with blended DI in blue, parchment and Nick Bantock Chrome Yellow. Stamped the main image and bee in black, was going to emboss but thought better of it.   Hightlighted the edges with Sakura glitter.   Coloured the bird with scattered straw and stormy sky through some sequin waste.   The wing was coloured in the same way but the Chrome Yellow went over the top.   Bird and wing were then sprayed with GM.   Wing attached to bird, bird attached to arch.

Lots to do - Altered tub and Stampman bloghop

Another week and some great treats in monochrome last week thank you for playing along, hope you will be back this week to share altered items with us at Lots to do.

This tub started out at Body Shop with some yummy Mango shower scrub, you can still catch the faint scent of it in the tub. Once the scrub was all used up the tub went through the dish washer and has been waiting for its moment.    Do that a lot have several tubs and other emptied containers waiting to be recycled.    For this weeks challenge it has been coated with Alcohol inks and then some gallery glass embellishment. Just right for storing diecuts.

As it happens The Stampman's latest challenge started yesterday it is also for an Altered item. Guess this works for their challenge as well.   The Stampman also have a blog hop during the fortnight of this challenge and there are prizes, might be worth checking it out.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

CofC #15 - really 15

Thats better a little light mid week crafting, just the thing. Its my Brothers birthday in a few days need to get a card off to him, fortunatly he is not a visitor here so it was safe to use the inspiration from three fun challenges.

The technique used to colour the grungeboard inchies can be found on page 53 of 'A Compendium of Curiosities' and was chosen by Lovely Linda for this week's thing to do from the book. Cannot tell you what was done or how but on these 3 shades of blue and 3 shades of green plus the gorgeous colour steam were used.

The colour choices were because not only do I love them but Sue has chosen them for this fortnight's Tanda Teaser The car is from Tanda's 'Transport set 1', the cogs drawn by me were made into a stamp by Andrew at Tanda.

The inches were used because of the fun Gingersnap challenge to use inches. This month the overall theme there is tiles and I'm sure there was reference to old maps there as well. The first mat that the inchies sit on is an old map of lancashire printed on canvas.

All that remains now is to pop it in the post and hope he likes it.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Tuesday Tagger - It takes allsorts

Lots of bling and diamond shapes around last week love the different ways you respond to the challenge. This week we can all really go to town and do what ever we fancy. Emma thought it would be fun if we had an Anything Goes week at Tuesday Taggers so thats just what we have decided to do. Go and see all the different projects and styles the team have come up with.

My make is a Tando frame set, 2 pieces the frame and the backboard.   Decorated with 2 Tando corner swirls.    Everything sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer and Glimmer Mists in shades of oranges and golds.   Piece of copper coloured mesh run through Big Shot with TH embossing folder and attached to one side of the backing board.   Frame supports painted with black gesso.   Golden Orange and Black Graphite Viva Ferro paste spread around one side of frame and touched onto swirls.   When dry, Viva Croco in copper spread over some of the ferro and parts of the supports.   Swirls attached with strong glue, one frame set 4 options.

We have a new sponsor this week and welcome Ribbon Oasis who after meeting two of our team recently have generously put up a fabulous ribbon prize. to be in the draw to win you need to include their logo and link in your entry this week.
Pop over to Tuesday Taggers to see the lovely ribbons they are giving away.   Some times I really wish I could enter and this is one of them.

Am also entering this into a couple of other challenges
The Stampman Challenge which is Distress this fortnight

Alter it Monthly who for September are looking for rust inspired projects.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Stampman atc swap - The look

The latest Stampman ATC Swap was inspired by the Stampman Cover stamp on Craft Stamper recently. That stamp is a reduced size version of one of the Alluring Ladies set.

For my ATCs I've used both sizes of the image combining them on to one card stamping in different inks. Once stamped TH masks were placed and DI including Antique (from yesterday's prize) were worked across the pieces. To finish sparkling Sakura pens were used around the eyes and the word.

Will pop these in the post during the week.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

SCD - Arch - Star

A quick and simple response to the challenge at Something completely Different this week. Sometimes it just works out like that no matter how much you would like to make it more detailed just not gonna work out that way.

For September the format is Arches and this week the theme is a star. The star is a wooden one that has been sitting waiting its turn given triple embossing treatment with silver ep my fingers are still tingling from the heat gun LOL. The arch was given shades of blue DI, the angel stamped and embossed with the silver ep is from inca stamp and old QVC set.

Been playing with glue and gallery glass today but it will be a few days yet before these can be shared with you.

Particraft Prize

Sue Wilson of Particraft Ltd makes a draw when the followers of Particraft Ltd increase by another 100 or so. The last draw was a couple of weeks ago and my name was drawn for 1st prize!!! This morning the parcel arrived and this is the fabulous prize. Thank you Sue for this great present.

Lots to do - Monochrome

Another week-end a new challenge at Lots to do You shared some smashing distressed tags with us last week thank you all. This week the theme is monochrome. The use of one colour in a varity of shades, might have cheated a little here LOL.

It was put to the team that this is shades of mud or brown. The background card is from a kit 'old world message cards' with the bottom torn off so that it fits a 5" square. TH flourish mask placed over it and DI in Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge, Brushed Corduroy and Frayed Burlap blended over it and the square base card. Grunge paper worked over with Scattered Straw, the TH bird stamped in Frayed Burlap. Image cut out wings curled to fit card and Tarnished Brass distress stickles smoothed over the right hand side. Brown yellow and orange (all kinda the same colour family) attached to card under grunge paper bird. So with the exception of the masked areas this page for the grunge book swap uses the same colour family,and there is a school of thought that black and white are not colours..... Oh the prompt for this page 'This song is for you'.

Will you share your monochrome makes with us at Lots to do this week, please do check out the blog to see Hilda's and Alison's fab black and white pieces.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

CofC #14

Mondays have been much more interesting these last 3 months or so get to work and get as much done as possible so that I can get home again and check out the weeks challenge set by Linda using Mr. Holtz's recent publication 'A Compendium of Curiosities' This week we are practising masking basics as explained on page 58.

I can tell you that the butterfly is made of gallary glass cut using one of TH's fabulous dies. This is another page for the Lots to do revisited forum chunky grunge book swap, the prompt for this page is 'Up up and away.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Tuesday Tagger - Diamonds are forever

Here we are again Tuesday morning and time for another Tuesday Taggers challenge Thank you to everyone who joined in with our books theme last week there was some lovely work. This week our theme is Diamonds chosen by Pat. Very sorry not to link to Pat's blog just now Blogger is not being helpful.

Used Elusive Images lovely rose on a diamond background for this card. Before stamping it the base card was covered with blended DIs in green blue pink and red. The image was stamped in black and embossed with clear EP, the rose and leaves were coloured with Promarkers. Image trimmed and the diamond shape edges cut around, then image mounted onto silver mirror card. Basic Gray paper with one edge punched covers scored card stock, another strip of same paper used with Cuttlebug die cut which goes over the main image on the left and sprinkled with glitter making use of the glue around the diecut edges. A vellum butterfly added and given a gem for a body. Finally 3 clear (diamond like) gems attached to the ends of the image swirl.

Great theme to work with the team have come up with very different and exciting examples please pop over to Tuesday Taggers challenge and take a look.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Two Lives

The prompt for this page is Two Lives.   Fantastic new face and mask stencil from Avec that Von brought round to me today. Dry embossed gold vellum and silver coloured kitchen foil cut both out and stuck together. Pretty BG paper cut down to a 4.5" square and stuck to page, edges of page rubbed with gold rub-ob. Embossed images curved slightly and stuck to page with silcon glue green gems added for eyes and red rub-on touched to lips. Jester made of coloured clays a while ago and kept until today, metal charm from Cath a little while ago and little wooden counter with 2 on it from a jambree bag.

Two lives, well there are lots of 2s in here and a reminder that the life you see is not always the life that is.

Flight of Fancy

Hilda recently joined in a Chunky Grungy book swap. The swappers made 5" square pages based on a series of titles and Tim Holtz. Hilda loved doing it and we thought it would be a neat thing to do at Lots to do Revisited forum, Heather who organised the first swap in blogland gave us her blessing to go ahead so long as we used different page prompts. Hilda has already made and blogged all of hers! This is my first one

The prompt is 'Flight of Fancy'. 5" square of chipboard with lots of DI blended in Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, Brushed Corduroy, and black soot. Dreamweaver stencil with black diamension paste and over the top crackle paste. While the crackle paste was still wet bronze glitter sprinkled on and a green gem stuck on for an eye. Once dry and cracked red, green and gold rub-on blended onto dragon. Small dragonfly and sentiment 'From small beginnings come great things' stamped in bronze matallic ink.

Just another 10 pages to go LOL

Saturday, 11 September 2010

SCD - Arch - 1950s


Checking all your lovely comments this morning, thank you all so much you all say such lovely things. This morning there was a comment from Di Oliver from Tando asking if she can use last week's arch on the Tando site. So complimented and thrilled to be asked cannot wait to see my piece on another site.

Something Completely Different are looking at Archs in September, the theme this week is another cracker its the 1950s. What a decade that was not that I remember it much only arriving in 1956 but as the bridge between an older way and a more modern way the 1950s are surprisingly important in history. The Sputnik, Atomic trials on Bikini Island, Rock 'n Roll, Beatniks, The Beatles the end of rationing in the UK and the start of Premium Bonds! Quite a few of us crafters were born in the 1950's as well. Nylon was the new wonder fabric, bright dyes and prints were begining to appear tweeds and plaids were popular fashion fabrics and our Mothers were still likely to make our cloths.

Inkabilities used to colour this arch. The button label is from some of my Grandmother's buttons the label says 'Empire Made' photocopied distressed and stuck to arch. The woman and little girl are my mother and me circa 1957. The dressmakers form, cotton reel and scissors stamped and heat embossed. The buttons are modern as is the pink thread. Quite a personal arch this one.

Lots to do - Distressed Tag

Do not adjust your set and yes the picture is in focus, but it is a distressed tag and not a drop of alcohol ink!

Time for a new challenge at Lots to do this time Hilda has chosen a Distressed Tag as the subject. Distressing has become very popular with many beautiful creations representating the style. Have decided to go with a bit of edge this week and gone for the grungy end of distressed.

Screwed a tag up opened it out and blended DI, Forest Moss, Rusty Hinge, Brushed corduroy, and black soot. Tore a page out of a book kept for the purpose, stuck it onto the tag which was screwed up again and more DI applied. The eye stamped in Nick Bantock Green is from Studio 490, the sentiment 'true friendship is seen through the heart not through the eyes' is from TH stamped in Nick Bantock red and then overstamped in soot black. The resulting out of focus effect makes a fabulous distress effect I think. Finally little metal charms on clear nylon thread.

Looking forward to seeing your distressed tags.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

CofC #13

Linda's wonderful weekly challenge working through Tim Holtz's A Compendium of Curiosities has us making Grungepaper Flowers this week. These are wonderful things to do and Grunge is so pliable previously I have coloured the grunge but this time I had some flowers lying around so cut papers and stuck them on. The petals were rolled and shaped and then given some added colour with DI and Distress stickles. A while ago I spread some Gallary Glass to dry on acetate punched some of this out for flower centres and a blue circle. Flowers also punched on the reverse of the scraps from the paper used to line the grunge, these have been stamped with G from Stampbugs fabulous alphabet. Another of my favorite things to do is what I call altered glue, strips and swirls of pva glue on a plastic sandwich bag covered with ep and left to dry (it takes days). When the glue is dry melt the ep and when it is cool you can peel it of the remains of the plastic, its usually best to make this in batches and store ready for when you want to use it. The base for all these random G things is a 4" x 6" corragated card with the corragations exposed.

You guess it this is my G post card for Lots to do revisited alphabet book postcard swap that Andrea is hosting.

G is for
Grungepaper
Glue
Glitter
Gallary Glass
Gold

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Tuesday Tagger - Books


Once again thank you for all the smashing houses you shared with at last week. This week for our theme at Tuesday Taggers we are thinking about books Michelle has had a very busy time just lately but chose this a little while ago to tease us again.

Odd as it may seem for someone with dyslexia reading has always been a great pleasure to me, but to chose just one book as inspiration proved impossible. Begining to dispair of having anything to show you thought using my new Cinch would prove the soloution. Then about 25 hours ago (at the time of writing so 8pm on Sunday evening) Decided on a Tag book! Talk about cutting it fine.

Tag books are something we send to members of Lots to do Revisited when one of us needs a lift or a little sunshine. Hilda maintains a bank of tag provided by members and makes up the little book sending it out on behalf of us all. This book is for you Hilda for all you do this is your tag book.

The team have made some fabulous things inspired by their favorite books and we hope you will share the inspiration of yours by visiting us at Tuesday Taggers and leaving a link so we can visit you.

These are the tags that are the pages of the tag book.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

SCD - Arch - Lace

Now its September there is a new format at Something Completely Different for the month of September we are invited to join in with Arches. For this week the challenge is to use lace on your piece.

My arch is from Tando, very sturdy chipboard and a great surface to work on. Inked this with scattered straw, stamped with the coat of arms and crown from Viva, then embossed with clear ep. More DI applied Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Moss Green and then sprayed with Copper and Red GM, ep removed with hot iron. Wings from same Viva set stamped on metal, cut out and given texture with TSS tools. Lace trim glued in place, wings attached and Viva Ferro Amber gold and graphite black spread around arch, wings and lace. Finally self adhesive gems placed on crown and lace.

Suspect this is not what Dawn had in mind LOL but this is one of those things that needed to be made.

Lots to do - Butterflies and or insects

Here we are again another week-end, the last one before everyone is back at school after the summer holidays. Everyone is pretty much back at work now and the morning run will be busier than it has been for a while LOL. Time then for a new challenge at Lots to do and we are not relinquishing summer just yet, our theme this week is Butterflies and or Insects.

Remember the fabulous box Hilda sent to me recently? well it came wrapped in gorgeous mauve paper. Used this paper with TH cogs die and his flower die, then stamped the results with a large flower image in white red and green. Using a mauve ink the card edges were scrapped and the words were stamped then embossed with holographic ep. the felt butterflies are from Papermaina and their corrospanding stickly back gems made butterfly bodies.

Do please check out Lots to do to see Hilda's and Alisons great work and leave a link to yours.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Stampman Challenge Music/Musical

The Stampman fortnightly challenges are now at number 4, the theme this time is music. Their delightful Classical Instruments set of stamps are an obvious choice for this challenge the swirls and flourishes on these images are so reflective of sound they are great to use, so I did.

It is also week 12 of Linda's Compendium of Curiosities challenge. This week its Chipped Enamel detals found on page 44 of the book.

The metal letters spelling MUSIC were treated to the chipped enamel technique ready to be attached. Music printed off and blended with Scattered Straw, then crumpled up opened and treated to Barn Door and Frayed Burlap which was picked up by the peaks and also worked into the paper in some places. The image was stamped and embossed with black ep, spellbinder label used to cut it out and DI inks applied with stencil still roughly in place.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Pennyblack @ Allsorts - Guest Designer

At the end of July when Pennyblack at Allsorts closed their first monthly challenge and drew their winners I was lucky enough to be one and was invited to be Guest Designer for September. Thrilled to say yes just as soon as the winners were published.

The theme for September is punches, all work has to include a Pennyblack stamp and there are many to chose from and for September the use of a punch.    The stamp on this card is wood mounted 3876J Hibicus coloured with Whisper pens and stamped onto the mat and again onto more paper cut out and 3d'd onto the mat.   The mat was prepared with a MS round the edge set.    The same set used to punch both sides of the yellow bp, green bp stuck to base card.   For the longest time I've been after a leaf spray punch and finally found it a couple of weeks ago used here on scraps of the bps.   The red flowers were white but a few drops of Alcohol ink soon changed that.    Little scrap of ribbon and a few self adhesive gems to finish.

Its a good fun challenge with fabulous prizes worth popping over and playing at Pennyblack at Allsorts   There is also a DT call for additional team members another good reason to check the site if you are interested.

It dawned on me yesterday, the windmill of my mind grinds slowly sometimes, that many of you when you leave a comment have a noreply email address attached to your comment.   I try to send a thank you email to everyone but you might have been getting them.   Thank you all who takes the time to visit and leave a comment they are all appreciated.